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Buying a second hand PS3

dmccabedmccabe

I am looking to sell on my xbox 360 and buy a second hand PS3.

Not having owned one before does anyone have any advice on what to look out for and anything to avoid?

I know when buying the xbox 360 I had to make sure I got the Jasper version so I wouldn't suffer the RROD

Any similar pitfalls with PS3 ?

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    Adam2050
    I'd spend more and buy new. PS3 laser is common fault with people trading them in. Though you get 12 months warranty with most PS3's second hand the difference between the both isn't a great gap.
    dmccabe
    Thanks :( Unfortunately budget is stretched already so I may leave it for now if thats the case
    MarzBarz
    dmccabe
    Thanks :( Unfortunately budget is stretched already so I may leave it for now if thats the case


    Just make sure its been looked after well tbh, theyres always a risk when buying things second hand.
    naka_1888
    Much you looking to spend?
    dmccabe
    Somewhere around the £100 mark
    thesaint
    dmccabe
    Somewhere around the £100 mark


    For £100 you will get a 60GB or 40GB which are more likely to fail.
    I wouldn't advise anyone to buy either.

    80GB minimum, and expect to pay £120+.

    If you can stretch even further, you should be able to pick up a slim for £150.
    naka_1888
    Yeah you really should try and get a slim if you can. Think gamestation do a 2 year warranty for like £20 if you decide on a fat one
    bonzobanana
    The 80GB phat PS3 is just about the most reliable but you can still get laser failure which effects a percentage of all models. The 40GB models seem to be most prone to laser failure. I've had my 60GB model since the 40GB model was introduced. Basically I didn't want to a 40GB model so bought one of the last 60GB models. Never gone wrong although its the most prone to ylod mines been ok.

    I would definitely recommend the 80GB model if buying secondhand. Avoid the 40GB/60GB models as the kes400A lasers are harder to get now anyway so dearer and are more prone to failure. Some later 40GB models have the same laser as 80GB but if your not sure its better to keep to the 80GB model. Also the 80GB model has the same updated gpu as the early slim models but its larger case means its cooling is far better which is why they are more reliable.

    Its the gpu in both the 360 and PS3 that is most prone to failure.
    generaloneill
    I have a 40 gb ps3 if ur up for a trade.
    generaloneill
    After 7 days that is, lol.
    thesaint
    bonzobanana

    Also the 80GB model has the same updated gpu as the early slim models but its larger case means its cooling is far better which is why they are more reliable.


    So, you are saying that the 80GB has less failures than the slim?
    tallpete33
    Hmmm didn't know that about the 80Gb , good news as mine is that model tho upped to 320Gb.

    Try and go for the slim if poss OP, smaller, quieter and min 120Gb disk
    skusey
    Its all idle gossip.

    “We are very proud of the quality and reliability of PLAYSTATION 3 and are disappointed that such extremely sloppy journalism has resulted in this totally inaccurate story”

    Since launching the 40GB PS3, we have experienced a fantastic jump in sales and the failure rates have remained at the very low level that we not only strive for, but have been achieving since the launch of PS3.

    That low level of failures is reported to be around 1% or less, so where the 40% figure came from is a mystery. Gamed, the original source of the false allegation has now apologised and replaced the original story

    Edited By: skusey on Apr 04, 2011 18:16
    bonzobanana
    thesaint
    bonzobanana

    Also the 80GB model has the same updated gpu as the early slim models but its larger case means its cooling is far better which is why they are more reliable.


    So, you are saying that the 80GB has less failures than the slim?


    There are two slims, the first one has the same 65nm gpu as the phat 80GB, that slim is more prone to problems due to inferior cooling although its possible the laser is improved. The later slim has a gpu at either 40 or 45nm which is the one to go for. So in reality its probably better than the first one because of easier cooling but inferior to the revised slim. However the more you use a console the more likely hardware failure, a console that has only been used 100 times is more likely to be reliable than one that has been used 1000 times. Its the hot/cold cycle of use that stresses components.
    thesaint
    bonzobanana


    There are two slims, the first one has the same 65nm gpu as the phat 80GB, that slim is more prone to problems due to inferior cooling although its possible the laser is improved. The later slim has a gpu at either 40 or 45nm which is the one to go for. So in reality its probably better than the first one because of easier cooling but inferior to the revised slim. However the more you use a console the more likely hardware failure, a console that has only been used 100 times is more likely to be reliable than one that has been used 1000 times. Its the hot/cold cycle of use that stresses components.


    So, are you saying that the 80GB has less failures than the slim.
    dmccabe
    Wow a ton of advice :) Thanks all I will keep my eyes open for an 80GB fat PS3 then :) thanks :)
    bonzobanana
    thesaint
    bonzobanana


    There are two slims, the first one has the same 65nm gpu as the phat 80GB, that slim is more prone to problems due to inferior cooling although its possible the laser is improved. The later slim has a gpu at either 40 or 45nm which is the one to go for. So in reality its probably better than the first one because of easier cooling but inferior to the revised slim. However the more you use a console the more likely hardware failure, a console that has only been used 100 times is more likely to be reliable than one that has been used 1000 times. Its the hot/cold cycle of use that stresses components.


    So, are you saying that the 80GB has less failures than the slim.


    I think there are more of the mk2 slims about than the first release type so I guess the answer is no but I do believe the phat 80GB is probably overall more reliable than the first slim which runs quite hot.
    skusey
    ^^correct
    skullcreature
    yes thank you guys, use have answered the mystery for me too.

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